Whether or not you know all the lyrics to Let It Go (you listen to the song only because of your kids … right) or it’s always been on your bucket list to sleep in an igloo, fans of the film phenomenon Frozen and winter-loving travelers alike are embracing arctic temperatures for an unforgettable night in their very own ice palace. From ice hotels in Norway to thermal glass igloos in Finland, Booking.com shared with us the most spectacular Frozen-inspired hotels around the world.
Channel your inner ice queen or mountain man, bundle up in some faux fur, and belt it out … “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway!” Courtesy of Hotel de Glace
Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
The creators of Frozen visited Hotel de Glace, the first ice hotel in North America when it opened nearly 15 years ago, to draw inspiration for Elsa’s iconic ice palace. Every year, this snow village in Quebec is carved into a new theme. To celebrate the film last year, guests could play Elsa for a night and stay in a Frozen-themed suite. Sadly, just like the winter spell on Arendelle, the ice hotel’s theme does not last forever. The Frozen suite melted away, and the theme for 2015 is “Space-Time,” where past and future events are literally frozen in time. But every year, you can expect to see an ice chapel, an ice bar and a grand ice slide. Courtesy of Booking.com
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway
Disney’s animated film is heavily inspired by Norway, depicting its culture and landscapes, including rugged, snowcapped mountains, fjords and, yes, lots of snow and ice. In its 16th year, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is made entirely from snow and ice every year with a new theme each season. While your bed is indeed carved out of ice, you’ll have reindeer-leather sleeping pads to keep you warm (in addition to ultra-warm sleeping bags). Located in the land of the northern lights, this is also the perfect place to take in the magical light show on a scooter safari or from the outdoor hot tubs. Explore the snow-covered landscapes on a dogsledding adventure, and sample Nordic specialties, such as smoked reindeer, at the hotel’s restaurant.
Det Hanseatiske Hotel, Bergen, Norway
If the idea of a hotel made of ice gives you chills, head to Bergen, Norway, where you can explore the real-life inspiration for Frozen’s mythical kingdom of Arendelle but still stay warm inside a traditional hotel. Part of the Bryggen district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Det Hanseatiske Hotel transports guests back in time with rustic charm and centuries-old timber walls. Located in a 16th-century building in the heart of Bergen, it is just a short walk from the city’s most famous attraction, the lively outdoor Fish Market.
Balea Ice Hotel, Cirtisoara, Romania
Located in the Fagaras Mountains of Romania, Balea Ice Hotel is the first of its kind in Eastern Europe. Local craftsman take blocks of ice from nearby Balea Lake and construct a new hotel every year, making sure each stay is truly unique.
Accessible only by cable car in the winter because of treacherous, snow-covered roads, this ice hotel offers a variety of excursions to embrace the cold, such as skiing, snowboarding, sleighing and even ice bowling. There’s also an ice church and an ice bar, where you can toast to the day’s adventures with glasses made entirely out of ice.
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Saariselka, Finland
Always thought a night in an igloo would be cool? You can check it off your bucket list with a stay in these thermal glass igloos. While the freezing Arctic surroundings rage on outside, inside your igloo pod, you’ll be treated like an ice queen or king with luxury beds. Communal saunas, relaxation rooms, terraces and open fireplaces are also available. Fill your days with activities such as snowmobiling, dogsledding, northern lights tours, Arctic Ocean trips, and husky and reindeer safaris. Then, unwind in the village at the world’s largest smoke sauna.
Kirkenes Snowhotel, Kirkenes, Norway
Nestled outside the Arctic town of Kirkenes, this snow hotel is a 2-hour flight from Oslo and in a prime location for taking in the aurora borealis. Enhancing visibility of the northern lights, the hotel is located by a fjord, beyond the light pollution of the town. It features unique, snow-sculpted rooms, an ice bar, a restaurant and a sauna to keep guests warm in 25-degree temperatures. From husky trips to Arctic king crab fishing tours, cross-country skiing to ice fishing, there’s no shortage of wintry activities to try, too.